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    Literary Fiction Writing

    If your passion is for literary fiction, you’ll find guidelines for mastering plot, character, setting, dialogue and more right here. You’ll also get insights into selling your work and getting it published.

    November is National Novel Writing Month

    NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.

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    Fiction: Point of View

    How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
    by Steve Almond Read more

    Principles of Building a Story

    Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more

    From First Draft to Finish Novel

    A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

    Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

    Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

    The WD Interview: Sara Gruen

    It’s hard to say which came first for author Sara Gruen—the animals or the writing, both of which have been in her life for as long as she can remember. While she spends much of the time in her North Carolina home with a menagerie of real animals (not to mention her husband and three children), it’s her fictional ones that have inspired her writing career. Read more

    The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

    If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

    by Bonnie Trenga Read more

    Challenging the Limits of Memory

    In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

    Publish Your First Book After 50

    Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

    By Scott Hoffman
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    The Popular Fiction Report

    What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

    PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

    Writing a Literary Masterpiece: The Quick and Easy Way to Heaven

    Writing a Literary Masterpiece: The Quick and Easy Way to Heaven Read more

    An Interview With Hemingway

    In December 1964, Edward Stafford provided Writer’s Digest with an interview conducted with Ernest Hemingway shortly before the author’s death in 1961. It’s excerpted here for the first time in more than 40 years. Please note that the excerpt has been abridged due to space considerations. Read more

    Dissecting the Short Story: In Class with T.C. Boyle

    Dissecting the Short Story: In Class with T.C. Boyle Read more

    THE WD INTERVIEW: Chuck Palahniuk: Shock And Awe

    Cult author Chuck Palahniuk continues to push literary boundaries in strange—even forbidding—territories. Find out what compels this seemingly mild-mannered author of novels like Read more

    8 Basic Writing Blunders

    These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

    by Jerry B. Jenkins Read more

    Anything But Simple

    Ernest Hemingway’s clean, terse style is the perfect counterweight to his complex stories. Read more

    Word Pictures

    One of the best-loved writers in American literature today, John Irving offers a novelist’s perspective on screenplay adaptations and talks about his obsession with the ultimate personal loss. Read more

    Write With Prejudice

    Flannery O”Connor employed a unique form of narrative bias to power her stories. Read more

    Jack Kerouac’s Letters

    Jack Kerouac created a modern American folk hero in the Beat generation classic, On the Road (Bantam), out of his vagabond adventures with friend Neal Cassady. A new book sheds light on Kerouac and his life during the writing of a novel that changed a generation. Read more

    Singularly Modern

    Even as a member of a distinctive literary club, Virginia Woolf broke new ground all by herself. Read more

    Vonnegut on Fiction

    Slaughterhouse Five author Kurt Vonnegut reflects on his writing style, the craft and the evolution of fiction. Read more

    The Comedy of War

    Kurt Vonnegut uses a potent mix of dark humor and clear-eyed compassion to expose the realities of war. Read more

    Find Identity with Joyce Carol Oates

    Novelist and short story writer Joyce Carol Oates has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Achievement in the Short Story, and various other awards.

    Known best for her short stories, many of which have been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories of the 20th Century, Oates still manages to bridge the natural gap that exists between novel and short story writing.

    But there is one thing that some may not k Read more

    Dave Eggers Helps Sudanese Village With Novel

    Telling the tale of a Sudanese refugee’s life in novel form gave literary darling Dave Eggers the challenge of a lifetime. Read more

    Try, Try, Try Again 2

    All of us experience failure and rejection. But often, those are the two things that push us to succeed. Read more

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